In the early 1900s, Susitna Station, a Dena’ina Athabascan village located in Alaska’s Matanuska- Susitna Valley, was a bustling town with a church, school, post office and lumber mill. In the 1930s, the town’s population was virtually wiped out when white settlers brought with them influenza, measles, tuberculosis and other diseases. Chief Simeon Chickalusion arrived by boat in 1934 and rescued the remaining villagers by relocating them to Tyonek.
In honor of Chief Chickalusion and the residents of Susitna Station, a potlatch featuring food, music, dance and prizes will be held Saturday, Aug. 3 in Anchorage.
6-11:30 p.m. │ Saturday, Aug. 3
Alaska Pacific University’s Moseley Sports Center
4400 University Drive, Anchorage
This all-ages, drug- and alcohol-free event is open to the public. Free admission; please bring a dish to share.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/421419795258129/.